Imagine leaving your infant daughter safely in bed for a few moments while you take your older child to the restroom only to return to find that a raccoon has savagely attacked her?
It's the stuff of nightmares, but that's exactly what happened last Wednesday night in a Philadelphia apartment.
According to FOX29.com, 4-month-old Journi Black was sleeping in her bed when her mother, Ashley Rodgers, took her 6-year-old son to the bathroom. She heard her baby cry out from the bedroom and saw a raccoon running down the steps.
Then, the mother saw a horrific scene.
"She was laying on the floor — across the room — blood all over her face and her pjs," her mom said.
Rodgers says the raccoon pulled the child from the bed onto the floor. She was rushed to Temple and then to St. Christopher for surgery, where she received 65 stitches to her face, according to the family.
Neighbors complain of a raccoon infestation in the area.
But, this story does have a happy ending. Thanks to an outpouring of donations, Journi will get a new "safe and secure" home to live in once she leaves the hospital.
Journi’s uncle, Kenneth McDuffie, told Philly.com on Christmas Eve that the overwhelming amount of donations to the infant’s GoFundMe page during Christmastime ensured the family could get a safe and secure home to prevent another incident.
“It will be safe. It will be secure. It will be wildlife- and rodent-free, a place where they are comfortable and they are safe,” McDuffie told Philly.com. “We can’t always predict what is going to happen in the future, but we want to make sure that [Rodgers] and her family are safe.”
Have you ever heard of someone being attacked by a raccoon?
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.